Film Production Housing: Corporate Lodging vs Hotels

Boulevard Bedroom SetProcuring affordable film production housing can be the bane of the producer’s existence. When you need to bring in film crew members in large numbers for a location shoot, the default option is to book them all in hotel rooms, but that can be exceptionally challenging on tight budgets. The good news is that hotels aren’t the only housing option available; you can also satisfy your crew’s housing needs with quality corporate lodging. Let’s look at some of the major differences between corporate lodging vs. hotels to see how they stack up.

Hotels are costly for what they offer.

Corporate lodging gives you more for the money.

With most hotels, the nightly rates are quite high compared to the space. The average hotel room is essentially a room with one or more beds, offered for nightly rates that are multiple times the cost of a rental apartment. In a word, hotels are sharply overpriced. By contrast, a corporate housing partner provides a fully furnished luxury apartment with a fully equipped kitchen, living space and room to relax. The cost: Typically less than a standard hotel room.

Hotels feel like traveling.

Corporate lodging feels like home.

After a few weeks in a stuffy hotel room, your film crew is likely to start showing signs of fatigue. They can be more irritable, less attentive and less productive. With extended stay corporate housing, your crew members have a comfortable place to live during film production — not just a place to sleep. They’ll be better rested, more productive and in better spirits on the set.

Hotels offer luxuries.

Corporate lodging offers convenience.

Many of the amenities offered at hotels are things your crew members don’t really need. They can get their meals on the set; they don’t need a shoe shine because they’re wearing work boots; etc. You pay for all those amenities regardless of whether they are used. Corporate apartments offer conveniences your crew will actually use — like swimming pools, fitness facilities and outdoor grills. Many corporate apartments are also situated near prime shopping and dining areas, so in the rare event of a day off, your crewmates are steps away from all the conveniences they need.

Here in Atlanta, TP Corporate Lodging can arrange for your film production crew to stay in comfortable, fully furnished apartments at surprisingly affordable rates. Give us a call at 800.428.9997 so we can discuss your film production housing needs.


Choosing the Best Corporate Housing Option in Jacksonville

Jacksonville skylineAs north Florida’s primary commercial and financial center, Jacksonville, Florida serves as a corporate headquarters for some of the world’s most notable banks and corporations. As such, there is a high demand for Jacksonville corporate housing as various business travelers come to the city for extended stays. For these long-term visitors, choosing the best corporate housing option in Jacksonville presents a challenge. What options are available, what are the benefits of each, and most importantly, how does one manage the cost?

Below are a few of the most common options for short-term corporate housing in Jacksonville, each having its own potential benefits and drawbacks.

Standard Hotels

By default, many people look at hotels at a number of different price points when staying in a city other than home. This option is fine for stays of a few days, but once it becomes weeks or months, the costs can really add up. In addition, the standard hotel room frequently lacks in seating and space. While some upscale hotels try to compensate for this detail with a variety of services and amenities, it can still be uncomfortable for extended stays.

Extended Stay Hotels

Specifically designed for travelers planning to stay for a week or longer, extended stay hotels offer a variety of room styles ranging from studios to multi-room suites, frequently offering equipped kitchens or kitchenettes so guests can cook their own food. These hotels range widely in price, but they are still generally quite expensive in comparison to renting an apartment. They also try to accommodate guests with standard hotel amenities, but many corporate travelers don’t use them because they are busy working.

Vacation/Short-term Rentals

Services like AirBnB have gained in popularity in recent years because they allow homeowners to rent out their furnished homes or apartments to visitors as though they were a hotel. In Jacksonville, this option frequently attracts tourists and vacationers, as well as corporate travelers. While this option (when it works properly) can make long-term visitors feel more at home, one main drawback is a lack of accountability that frequently causes the unit to be different or less accommodating than advertised. For example, units might not be kept clean, might not match the photo, and in more extreme casess do not exist at all. Additionally, this option frequently costs about as much as a hotel would.

Corporate Housing

Yet another option for corporate travelers is to stay in designated temporary housing administered by a corporate lodging agency. Many guests find this option highly convenient because they can stay in a fully furnished apartment that feels very much like a home, but for a fraction of the cost of a hotel, and without paying for extra amenities they won’t use. Apartments can be strategically located near the workplace or public transportation, or convenient to amenities like shopping, dining and leisure activities.

While these housing options may appeal to different people for different reasons, many corporate travelers find corporate lodging to be the best corporate housing option in Jacksonville. T.P. Corporate Lodging offers a wide range of fully furnished 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments, located in some of Jacksonville’s most popular neighborhoods, for remarkably reasonable rates. For details, call us at 800-428-9997.


The Best Hotel Alternative for Business Travelers

airy roomYou’re traveling to another city on business, and your company needs you to stay on for a few weeks, or even a few months. You can’t bear idea of staying cooped up in a hotel for that length of time, let alone consider the high cost. Extended stay hotels aren’t much better, and finding a furnished place through a marketplace platform like Airbnb can be unpredictable at best. So what is the best hotel alternative for business travelers?

One of the best alternatives is to rent short-term dedicated corporate housing in the form of a fully-furnished apartment, preferably through a service like TP Corporate Lodging. Here are a few reasons why this may be the most advantageous choice.

They feel more like home

Hotels are fine for several days at a time, but even suite hotels and extended stay studios can feel cramped after awhile. Corporate apartments come in 1, 2 or 3-bedroom units, allowing you more living space and the feeling of a “home away from home,” so you are better able to relax and decompress at the end of a long day. There are even pet-friendly accommodations available, which means you don’t need to leave Fido behind.

They’re move-in ready

Corporate housing is fully furnished, and your agency can provide any additional furnishings or amenities you need for your stay. “Fully furnished” doesn’t just mean furniture; it means a welcoming décor, a kitchen fully equipped with appliances, dishes and cooking utensils, a vacuum cleaner, linens — everything you would normally keep around at home. This means you don’t have to make multiple trips to the store when you get there; everything you need is already in the apartment, or it will be provided on request.

You can stay near where you work

Corporate apartments are strategically situated near some of the most popular commercial hubs in town, so it’s easier to get a place to live near where you work, greatly reducing or eliminating your commute. (Of course, if you’re working in a beach town and you don’t want to be near work, you can arrange corporate housing near the resorts, as well.)

You don’t have to pay for what you’re not using

Much of the cost of hotels comes from a wide range of amenities that most guests don’t even use. While it’s great to have room service, a fitness center and a day spa on site, if you don’t avail yourself of these services, why pay for them? With corporate housing, the cost goes toward things you’re actually use.

They’re more affordable overall

Corporate housing is surprisingly affordable — in fact, a fully furnished apartment consistently costs less per month than a hotel or vacation rental. For extended stays, this presents an excellent alternative to paying premium rates for weeks at a hotel.

If your business ventures bring you to Atlanta, Georgia or Jacksonville, Florida, TP Corporate Lodging can set you up in a comfortable, fully-furnished 1, 2 or 3-bedroom apartment in a strategic location, for a fraction of the cost of a hotel. Give us a try, and we believe you’ll concur that furnished corporate housing is the best hotel alternative for business travelers. For more information, call us today at 800-428-9997.


Why Metro Atlanta relocation experts recommend corporate housing

Atlanta skylineThe TP Corporate Lodging team is thrilled to be featured in KNOWAtlanta, the premier Atlanta relocation guide for corporate executives, families, and individuals making a move to the area.

In the article, “When Hotel and Short-Term Rental Options Abound, Why Choose Corporate Housing?” Tim Miller, president and owner of TP Corporate Lodging, walks through just a few of the benefits of choosing a corporate housing provider over traditional hotel accommodations:

With the rise in popularity of short-term rental platforms like Airbnb and the range of extended-stay hotel options in a city as big as Atlanta, choosing a corporate housing provider may not be on the top of your list when considering your temporary housing options. But while you may be able to score a deal through a private rental provider, there can be drawbacks to not working with an accredited and certified housing provider. And while extended-stay accommodations may fit all your needs in the short term, the prices can quickly skyrocket.

How much do those prices skyrocket, you ask? Take a look at our cost comparison charts to see just how much money your or your corporate sponsor could save by choosing TP Corporate Lodging.

Why settle for a hotel room, when you can have a home?

Furnished temporary housing is convenient not only for relocation, but also for extended project work, medical visits, and insurance-covered displacement.

When you’re ready to start your search for furnished temporary housing in Atlanta or Jacksonville, TP Corporate Lodging can assist you in finding the perfect 1, 2 or 3-bedroom furnished apartment for your unique needs. To learn more about how we can help, call us at 800-428-9997.